Thread: Vanderbilt Tenders
April 19th, 2011, 11:25 PM #1
Are Bachmann and Model Power the only game in town when it comes to plastic Vanderbilt tenders? I wish to model late SP steam, but even with a popular US prototype, it appears that I am at a disadvantage.
Is there any other manufacturers out there that make these, or is the only other recourse brass?
April 19th, 2011, 11:39 PM #2
There used to be a small company or two that made vanderbilt kits, I think, but they're probably long gone by now...
As far as what's available, the model power tender will work for moguls, connies, tenwheelers, etc, and bachmann's 6-axle tender will work for mountains, decs, sp-class, etc. Bachmann's newer midsize vandy from their H-4 mallet could be bashed into something for mikes & pacifics.
But remember, square tenders were abundant, too. Some espee connies had square tenders (see below; second engine) and so did gs-series northerns, several pacifics, twelve-wheelers, and more. And don't forget whalebacks!
Other than that, brass is the only option as far as I'm aware...
April 20th, 2011, 12:02 AM #3
When I bought my GHQ pickup truck for Mr. Delphos' Grocery store, they included a flier with an advertised SP 12,000 Gallon Vanderbilt Tender kit for $39.95. It said "Coming this winter".
I even sent in a query to GHQ around September last year and they had said later that fall. :tb-wacky:
Deep down, I'm glad they're not out yet.. I'm broke already.
But deep deep down, I just hope these were not canceled. :nailbiting:
Let me see if I can dig up the flier and scan a photo...
April 20th, 2011, 12:14 AM #4
Those are what you can use. You can get most of them off ebay or as parts from Bachmann's parts department. The Bmann vandy tender can be shortened to approximate a SP 120-C-8 tender or you can use the 160C1 tender from the 4-8-4. Another option is a 220R1 tender from kato or Concor GS-4 for use on a few select engines (one 2-10-2 that I know of and perhaps others). I scratchbuilt a whaleback from USRA long tender. There are many ways to kitbash based on current availability, it just takes a bit of work sometimes.
April 20th, 2011, 12:33 AM #5
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April 20th, 2011, 02:29 AM #7
Me to, I could use 3 or 4 of these. GHQ, please make this!!
April 20th, 2011, 02:42 AM #8
N Scale vanderbilt tenders:
Seprately available -
Bachmann - C&O VC16
Model Power - short SP style
Con-Cor/Rivarossi - B&O large vanderbilt (from EL series mallet)
Available w/loco -
Bachmann - 4-8-4 Northern w/Medium Oil Vandy
Bachmann - 2-6-6-2 H4 w/ C&O VC12
ConCor - 4-8-4 Northern S-2 w/Large Oil Vandy
Others offered but no longer out there -
Tichy - Copy of Con-Cor B&O Vanderbilt
Tichy - Shortened Copy of B&O Vanderbilt (Not sure on true heritage of that one)
Gloor Craft - Brass Short Vanderbilt kit
??? - Medium Brass Vanderbilt kit (can't remember manufacture, one on Ebay recently.)Tony Hines
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April 20th, 2011, 03:51 AM #9
I suggest sending them an email inquiry. If they get enough inquires I'm sure they'll get back to work on the project soon.
Also suggest to GHQ an N Scale version of their HO Material Handler!! :D :D These would be a must have on any N Scale layout!
April 20th, 2011, 04:00 AM #10
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